Advertisement

What Kind of Civil Service? Trends in Public Administration Reform in Eastern Europe

  • Vita King
Chapter

Abstract

Transition economies find themselves in the curious situation of having too much and too little bureaucracy at the same time. On one hand they have inherited the legacy of the enormous patronage-based bureaucratic apparatus of their communist past. On the other hand there is an acute shortage of bureaucracy in its original positive meaning: a modern civil service, which is professional, independent of political parties, transparent, impartial, responsible and accountable for design and implementation of state policy. Whereas governments may change frequently, career civil servants remain, accumulate experience and skills, and guarantee continuity of the state. To establish such effective and responsible civil service is one of the main tasks of public administration reform.

Keywords

Civil Service Public Administration East European Country Target Country Personnel Department 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Verheijen, T. (ed.) (1999). Civil Service Systems in Central and Eastern Europe. Edward Elgar.Google Scholar
  2. Verheijen, T. and Coombes, D. (eds) (1998). Innovations in Public Management. Edward Elgar. NISPAcee & EPAN.Google Scholar
  3. Juraj, N. and Verheijen, T. (eds) (2000). Building Higher Education Programmes in Public Administration in CEE Countries.Google Scholar
  4. Hesse, J.J. (ed.) (1993). Administrative Transformation in Central and Eastern Europe. Blackwell.Google Scholar
  5. Kimball, J.D. (ed.) (1999). The Transfer of Power Decentralization in Central and Eastern Europe. The Law on Civil Service of 18 December, 1998. Republic of Poland.Google Scholar
  6. Civil Service in Poland. Office of Civil Service, Warsaw, May 2000.Google Scholar
  7. Bekke, H.A.G.M., Perry, J. and Toonen, T.A.J. eds. (1996). Civil Service Systems in ComparativePerspective. Indiana University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Beetham, D. (1996). Bureaucracy. University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  9. Feher, E, Heller, A. and Gyorgy Markus, G. Dictatorship over Needs: An Analysis of Soviet Societies.Google Scholar
  10. Wilson, J.Q. (1989). Bureaucracy. What government agencies do and why they do it. Basic Books.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Vita King

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations